The CCRI Cross Country runners traveled to Franklin Peirce University in Rindge, NH to compete in the Kirsch Cross Country Cup.
Head coach Gregg Cornell commented that this was “One of the most difficult courses I’ve ever seen and under the bad course conditions with over 7 inches of rain in the preceding days.” However, the CCRI Knights were able to get three of five runners to the finish line at the “Kirsh Cross Country Cup.” Cornell added “The course was suited for mountain goats.” The Champion in the men’s 5k was an international runner from American International University by the name of Mike Biwott who traversed the grueling course that featured two 300 vertical climbs in 1.5 miles in a time of 16minutes 24 seconds. Not too fast for Biwott considering his best 5k on the track is under 14:00.
For the Knights David Palkovic (Middletown, RI) finished a great 35th place out of 117 runners. Palkovic’s time of 19:11 was great considering the difficult of the course with not only difficult hills but knee deep mud on parts of the course. The other two Knights that were able to complete the course should be commended. Isaiah Hector (Warwick, RI) placed 91st in a time of 22:09 and Britton Laney (Pascoag, RI) placed 98th in a time of 22:30. All three men ran great on a very difficult course against mainly NCAA Division II and III competition.
The Knights will be happy to race next Saturday the September 21st on the coastal plain when they compete at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for a 10:00am start.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.